Astragalus (Astragalus membranaceus) is a flowering plant native to China, Mongolia, and Korea. The root, known as Radix astragali or Huang Qi, has been used for centuries in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) for its health benefits. Historically, Astragalus has been used for everything from the common cold to cardiovascular support. This herb can also be helpful in supporting kidney function, blood sugar metabolism, and gastrointestinal barrier function. Ancient Chinese texts as far back as 2800 B.C. acknowledge Astragalus as an herb with several tonic and culinary uses.
Astragalus’s adaptogen properties help it support the body in times of stress, whether that stress is mental or emotional, from infection or illness, or due to environmental toxins.
Astragalus’s potent constituents include polysaccharides, triterpenoid saponins, and flavonoids have made this herb a favorite in traditional medicines for thousands of years. Studies featuring astragalus have shown broad benefits and support for:
- Immune function
- Kidney function
- Blood sugar metabolism
- Cardiovascular function
- Cancer support for: liver, GI, colon, breast, and ovaries
- Seasonal allergies
- Chronic fatigue
- Neurodegenerative conditions
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